Rejoice, fans of surreal millennial comedy! FXX has renewed the excellent Jay Baruchel-led Man Seeking Woman for a third season.
Deadline reports on the renewal. Also starring Eric Andre and Britt Lower, Man Seeking Woman is the brainchild of former SNL writer Simon Rich, based on his collection of short stories entitled The Last Girlfriend on Earth. It centers on the quasi-literal world of Josh (Baruchel), a love-sick 20-something navigating the troubled waters known as the Chicago dating scene. The proper text message becomes a life-and-death situation, for instance, and it’s not out of the question for someone to wind up on a blind date with an actual troll, have their right hand break-up with them or start an affair with Santa Claus. Produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels under his Broadway Video banner, it’s among the first original programs created by the toddler channel — if not the first.
And while it hasn’t killed in the ratings department, Man Seeking Woman has earned a firm, respectable cult following since its first season, now available on Hulu. It wasn’t clear whether or not FXX would move forward with a third season or not — as it’s not a particularly cheap show to make, and it likely hasn’t earned the return investment the station hoped it would. But with only a few original programs to their name right now, they’re going to continue riding out the notoriety and goodwill the sitcom has (justifiably) received from fans and critics thus far.
Rumors that Rich’s first show-running gig was terminated began to arise when FXX renewed their other two currently-running comedy series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and You’re the Worst, while staying mum on Man Seeking Woman‘s fate. But it looks like they’re all going to remain bedfellows after all, and the world is all-the-better for it. Josh might not have had much lucky in his dating life, but at least his fate hasn’t been sealed just yet. While the second season, in my opinion, didn’t quite capture the magic of the first season to a T, it’s nevertheless still among the most imaginative and creative television series on the air right now, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you watched it. Check out our review of the season two premiere right here.